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Designing Accessible Web Pages

(The following is a handout from a workshop at the WWW6 conference. It is a compiliation of resources for designing accessible web pages)

The goal of universal Web design is to create Web sites which serve everyone regardless of individual needs and abilities and the technology they use to access the Web.

The explosion of the World Wide Web has created exciting new ways for doing many things: e.g., to locate and store information, to perform daily living tasks such as ordering groceries or meals, to communicate with others, to read books online, to deliver and receive education. For persons with disabilities, assistive technologies can provide access to these new opportunities provided by the Web, but some aspects of Web design limit the accessibility of a site for a person with a disability.

The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a basic understanding of the capabilities of assistive technologies as they relate to Web accessibility; a contextual understanding of access issues in various Web environments; demonstrations of how access issues arise from Web design; information about existing resources for accessible Web design; and, a discussion of developments affecting the future of Web accessibility.

The Presenters:
Carl Brown
Director, High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges, Cupertino. Topic: Speech Recognition: Technology for the Web That Really Works

Jerry Kuns
HumanWare, Loomis, CA. Topic: Screenreaders, Browsers and the Web: Issues

Larry Goldberg
Director, CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), Boston. Topic: Accessible Media for the World Wide Web

Crystal Waters
Author: Web Concept & Design, San Francisco. Topic: Universal Design is for Everyone

Jutta Treviranus
Manager, Adaptive Technology Resource Center, University of Toronto. Topic: Accessibility and the Future of the Web

General Web Access:

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Trace Research and Development Centre, University of Wisconsin

Starling Access Services

National Centre for Accessible Media


Web Video Captioning:

Making Moving Clips Accessible

Captioning and Audio Description on the Web

Captioning QuickTime Movie Clips on the Macintosh

Haptic and Tactile Displays:

Haptics Community Web Page

The ASEL Haptic Page

Tactile-Based Direct Manipulation in GUIs for Blind Users

The Videotact Exploiting Tactile Perception


Investigation Into Auditory Displays

Java Accessibility:

Java Accessibility Project

Java Accessibility Questions and Answers

Intelligent Agents:

IBM Intelligent Agents Home Page

Microsoft Agent

The Java Intelligent Agent Library


Adobe Acrobat/ PDF Accessibility

Access to the National Information Infrastructure (NII)

Disability-Related Information:

EASI -- Access to Information for Persons With Disabilities

Computers and People With Disabilities - A resource for people with disabilities

Blindness Resources:

American Foundation for the Blind

National Federation of the Blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Deafness Resources:

Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI)

Closed Captioning Web

Vendor Support:

Microsoft Accessibility

Apple's Disability Solutions

Education, Research and Development:

The DO-IT Program

Archimedes Project

High Tech Center Training Unit

Western Blind Rehabilitation Center

Center On Disabilities

National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)


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